If your roof is over 20 years old, the time to invest in a new roof is near. And of course, it’s best to do this before it becomes a problem.
If you have already contracted with a roofer, you are about to undertake a major home renovation.
Here is what to expect for a roof installation and what you can do to prepare.
Before the Roof Installation Begins
Before the crew even arrives, there are some things you can do to prepare your home.
Cut back any low hanging branches or shrubs that may be blocking access to the roof. If you want this properly landscaped, you will need to hire a landscaper beforehand.
If you have copper gutters on your home, many roofers suggest you have them removed and later reinstalled by a gutter company.
Any solar panels, TV antennas, satellites dishes, and basketball goals and solar panels must be removed before work can begin. Many homeowners prefer to take these down themselves.
A freshly-cut lawn makes cleaning up easier. Roofers do clean up after themselves. High grass makes that more difficult, which means the job takes that much longer to complete.
Open Communication Between You and the Contractor
Most roofing contractors know the importance of open communication with the homeowner. In the beginning, your contractor will talk with you about the project.
You will know about how long the roof installation will take to complete. The contractor will also tell you what materials or parts are being installed along with the roof, like ridge or soffit vents.
You will also be informed of the different phases of the installation, including the prep work that happens beforehand.
If your roofer is not communicative, ask questions. In fact, ask any questions along the way as they come up. The roofer will do the same by letting you know of any problems that arise along the way.
Make Plans Outside Your Home
If you have kids, pets, or any adults in your home who are sensitive to noise, make plans to be outside of your home during working hours.
Think of it as a great excuse to get some errands off your to-do list. Visit with friends you haven’t seen in a while or do anything that you and your family would like to escape the clamor going on above your heads!
General Safety Precautions
During a roof installation, your home becomes a construction site. Be careful when walking around your home, even after work for the day has ended.
Roofing companies make safety a priority for their workers as well as residents. Children and pets take an interest in all the activity. Roofing materials and equipment is dangerous. Children and animals should steer clear.
Many families choose to leave the home during working hours. If possible, you should make similar arrangements for your pets.
Noise and Vibrations
There’s just no way around it. Any construction is noisy. Roof installation is especially loud. Along with the noise comes the vibrations from above as the roofers work and walk across the top of your house throughout the day.
Secure Your Inside Belongings
If you have wall hangings, mirrors, or other collectibles on the walls or shelves in your home, consider moving those until the job is over. The vibrations from work going on above can cause those items to fall.
Vibrations can also cause light fixtures to fall. It’s wise to check those and tighten any that feel loose.
Our collections have monetary and sentimental value, so it’s best to prepare ahead and secure those before the roof installation begins.
A roof installation means that the old roof must be removed. Roofers take care when removing the old roof. However, dirt and debris will fall as they are completing this task. Installing the new roof also creates some debris of its own.
Roofing contractors will be mindful of the items around your house. Most will even suggest that you move items that may be in the way.
Remember, crews need access to the driveway and sidewalks around the house.
Move Outside Items Away from Your Home
Move any large children’s toys, lawn furniture, potted plants, or other items away from your home and driveway to protect them from falling debris. Items also include lawnmowers, grills, and your vehicles.
Park your cars on the street to keep the driveway clear. This protects your vehicle, clears a path for workers, and gives you easier access to your car.
Your car probably won’t be hit if it’s in the garage, but you’ll have to shout up to the roofers to stop work while you access the garage and back your car out. Parking on the street is more practical.
Protect Your Pool
Roofing debris can damage spas and pools. Nails damage vacuum equipment and stain plaster. Roofers typically tarp the pool and spa. If you have a pool, you should turn off the pump during the installation and clean the pool after the project ends.
Warning! Keep family members clear of the tarped pool!
Secure Items in the Attic and Garage
During a new roof installation, debris will inevitably fall through the roof decking. If you have any items or automobiles in stored in your attic and garage, you will either need to move them or cover them.
We keep all sorts of valuable items in the attic that we forget about, like antiques, old family photos, and holiday decorations.
If you don’t want to move anything out, at least cover the items with a tarp or sheet to keep dirt, dust, and shingle debris from falling on them.
After the Roof Installation is Complete
After the roofers have completed the job, they should leave your property as they found it. You are not responsible for cleanup. The roofers will gather up all debris from the installation and take it away.
All that should be left is your new roof.
Enjoy Your New Roof
During a roof installation, contractors are up there hammering away. Life just won’t be normal (or peaceful) for a little while.
Roofers do what they can to communicate ahead of time so the project runs smoothly, safely, and timely. This article presented a few things you can do as the homeowner to help in that area as well.
Have patience. The result will be a beautiful, sound new roof.
If you have questions about getting a new roof in the Greenville, SC area, please contact us.